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Bill Murray takes to the skies

Bill Murray
Bill Murray's jump opened the Chicago Air and Water Show

Comedian and actor Bill Murray has completed a parachute jump with the US Army Golden Knights team in Chicago.

The 57-year-old actor, whose film credits include Lost in Translation, wore a gold jumpsuit for the occasion.

Friends asked him to participate in the show to support the Illinois United Service Organizations.

"I figure if I'm ever gonna do this, this is the day to do this," Murray told the Associated Press before the 13,500ft (4,100m) jump above Chicago.

Murray, whose jump kicked off the 50th Chicago Air and Water Show, landed safely on a lakefront beach.

He pretended for a moment to stagger as if dizzy, then smiled and waved to the crowd and shook hands with some of the Golden Knights.

The Air and Water Show continues until 17 August.

Murray's acting career has spanned decades, including Ghostbusters, Caddyshack and Groundhog Day.

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